Defensive line proves to be only bright spot for Clarion football in loss to Seton Hill

It was a gloomy day in Greensburg, Pa; Saturday as the Clarion Golden Eagles took on the Seton Hill Griffins.

The Griffins defeated the Golden Eagles 30-16.

Clarion is now 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the PSAC-West after this fourth lost in the row.

Early in the first quarter, the Golden Eagles put points on the scoreboard with the help of junior Jerome Matthews.

Matthews picked up a deflected kick and went on a 90-yard return resulting in a defensive two-point conversion, making the score 6-2.

“I believe I played well. The coach put me in the right position in order for me to capitalize,” said Mathews.

Late in the first half, the defense took control to show Seton Hill they could keep up with them.

Head coach Jay Foster said, “This past week I thought the defensive line played outstanding with Brandon Short leading the charge.”football online

Junior Kwame Bell helped force a sack for a 10-yard loss, which helped contributed energy to get another 10-yard sack by junior Brandon Short.

Short was awarded the PSAC co-defensive player of the week.

This season Seton Hill’s quarterback had been sacked six times all year, and Saturday the defensive line got to him five times in the first half of the game.

The second half the Griffins over powered the Golden Eagles and continued to score.

Clarion kept two points on the board up until 4:58 in the fourth.

Sophomore quarterback Connor Simmons threw a two-yard pass to senior Matt Deitrick making the score 30-8.

Next, sophomore Zach Deitrick ran in a two-point conversion for the Golden Eagles to make it 30-10.

Before the game ended, Clarion made one more attempt to put a few more points on the board with the help of Deitick catching a six-yard Simmons pass; with a 30-16 final score.

When asked about the consistent losing streak Foster said, “The losses do take their toll on the guys.  They expend so much energy and emotion during a football game that the losses literally and figuratively, hurt.”

He said the team is mentally tough and he expects a rebound to a great game against California this weekend.

For the team to achieve a win next week, Matthews said they should work on,

“Confidence. For the past few years we fell short to Cal U because they were supposed to beat us.”

“Five turnovers for two weeks in a row is not going to win you games and we need to get that taken care of.  Ball security is our No. 1 issue,“ said Foster. “Our challenge for the rest of the season is to finish strong.  We talk all the time about how we have an 11-game schedule and we will play all 11.”

The Golden Eagles return to action at Memorial Stadium this Saturday to host California at 1 p.m. for the Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

“The next four games will be tough but we are looking forward to being the bad guys and stealing their conference championship dreams from them,” said Matthews.

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